View Poll Results: Should information be free?

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  • All information should be free (i.e. paid for with tax dollars)

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  • 3. Only info related to social sciences and human biology/medicine should be free to the public

    4 17.39%
  • No information should be free unless the publisher/owner allows it

    8 34.78%
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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Knowledge cannot be purchased, only information can.

    That said, information should be priced no differently than any other commodity on the market. If someone wishes to provide it for "free" then so be it. If someone wants to charge for it then that is their prerogative as well.

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Most information should be free. It won't make dumb people smart but it'll definitely help the uneducated. Realistically, I already pay the cable company for my ISP and who knows how many advertisers. There's personal and security information that shouldn't be accessed and some could be paid for it's just to engrossing a question to answer easily. I'd leave Wiki and most current sources free if that's the point?
    I agree, wiki and most current sources should be free.

    I suppose that I am posing a related question - mainly, should education and the access to education be free? To take it a step further ... do you believe in equal opportunity and that equal opportunity means everyone should have access to a college education and any degree based solely on their academic performance and not simply how much tuition they are able to pay? I the college/degree piece takes it in a different (yet related) direction, but I think both are reported .. hmm... perhaps I should start another post....

    I see one issue as being related to making an effort to allow voters to be as educated as possible (this is the issue I was referring to in the OP)

    The other issue is (the college/degree issue) is related to equal opportunity (this issue is not really what I was originally posting about though)

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Almost forgot to add that this poll is misguided. Information should not be regulated by the government. In fact, I cannot really think of anything more dangerous to liberty than this sort of regulation...

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by TNAR View Post
    Knowledge cannot be purchased, only information can.

    That said, information should be priced no differently than any other commodity on the market. If someone wishes to provide it for "free" then so be it. If someone wants to charge for it then that is their prerogative as well.
    Right ... but what if some information, particularly information that could allow citizens to make better public policy decisions, were made available to all citizens because our taxes would cover any costs "owners" of such information want to apply

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by TNAR View Post
    Almost forgot to add that this poll is misguided. Information should not be regulated by the government. In fact, I cannot really think of anything more dangerous to liberty than this sort of regulation...
    Perhaps you do not understand the poll?

    Let me ask you this ... if acquiring certain information made it so that citizens could make better public policy decisions, should that information only be shared with people who could afford buying that information? Or should that information be paid for by taxes? Or should some other method of payment be given to owners of such information?

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    I agree, wiki and most current sources should be free.

    I suppose that I am posing a related question - mainly, should education and the access to education be free? To take it a step further ... do you believe in equal opportunity and that equal opportunity means everyone should have access to a college education and any degree based solely on their academic performance and not simply how much tuition they are able to pay? I the college/degree piece takes it in a different (yet related) direction, but I think both are reported .. hmm... perhaps I should start another post....

    I see one issue as being related to making an effort to allow voters to be as educated as possible (this is the issue I was referring to in the OP)

    The other issue is (the college/degree issue) is related to equal opportunity (this issue is not really what I was originally posting about though)
    It's a confusing question because information comes in so many forms and is already regulated in many ways. Patents, copyrights for one. Education is a necessity and moral obligation of any society that can provide it, even if it's home schooling. But the cutoff is high school and beyond that should be paid for even if it seems unfair. If you want more informed voters provide a better dossier on the candidates instead of their endless dogma and rhetoric.
    Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer
    Right ... but what if some information, particularly information that could allow citizens to make better public policy decisions, were made available to all citizens because our taxes would cover any costs "owners" of such information want to apply
    This won't be the answer you're looking for but it's the only one I can conscientiously give.

    Government policy should never be so powerful as to negatively affect the daily lives of individuals as a result of popular or political support. In other words, portions of the citizenry should never have the power to forcefully take property from others or coerce them into certain actions.

    As such, it should make little difference in our daily lives whether Randy Republican, David Democrat, Larry Libertarian, or Steve Socialist is our President, Senator, Representative, Governor, Mayor, et cetera. In turn, there should never be any specific piece of information which is so valuable as to make a noticeable impact on voting results or individual freedom.

    What sort of information are you referring to specifically? Perhaps I am missing the point you are attempting to make.

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip
    But the cutoff is high school and beyond that should be paid for even if it seems unfair.
    Why is high school the cutoff? Why not elementary? Or middle school? Or associate degree?

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by TNAR View Post
    Why is high school the cutoff? Why not elementary? Or middle school? Or associate degree?
    Because it's where society says we can't afford anymore and not everyone needs to be a professional.
    Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip
    Because it's where society says we can't afford anymore and not everyone needs to be a professional.
    I must have missed that poll!

    Unfortunately, our education system is so engrained into our beliefs that it nearly takes a miracle for someone to consider alternatives. I think this poll somewhat reveals a bit of the problem we face: the public and regulated education system pushes information onto students but fails miserably at bestowing knowledge. I seriously believe we need to take a long and realistic look at our education system and compare it to our desires and means.

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